For the first time in fashion history, the 1960s brought a number of diverse trends to the public. A number of these trends mirrored the social commentary taking place at the time, including women’s movements, racial movements, and love, sex, and drugs. The hippie movement, of course, also had an extensive influence on the fashion industry, and introduced styles such as bell-bottom jeans, paisley prints, and tye-dye fabrics. Without further adieu, let’s get into it!

Left: 1964 Babydoll Dress

The first garment to catch my eye in the 1960s is this black mini dress worn by Anneke Gronloh in 1964. Boxy shapes were very popular in the mid 1960s, because they were symbolic of the “space age look.” Thigh length hemlines were also very popular with the space age look, which we can see in the more modern dress on the right. The two dresses are also ruffled below the waist, and while they are different lengths, they still exude a youthful and elegant style. Skimpy spaghetti straps were popularized in the 1960s, and as we can see from the dress on the right, the inspiration has carried over clearly.

Left: Late 1960s Bride

In the late 1960s, white mini wedding dresses were very popular among young, stylish brides. With the mini dress being a fresh, new, exciting celebration of youth, it’s no wonder so many women wanted to celebrate their bodies with super-short dresses. There is a lot of “flower power” influence in the dress on the left, while on the right, the dress has been slightly updated with new materials. The modern dress uses lace on the sleeves, and appears to be a little bit longer than the 1960s dress. Nonetheless, both dresses are true to the 1960s style- flowing, short, and feminine. (Also, I apologize for the bad quality- this is the best shot of the dress I could get!)

Left: Woman in Singapore, 1967

With the popularity of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s, many garments began incorporating brightly-colored, Pop-Art patterns into women’s clothing. This was frequently combined with multiculturalism, which was also very popular in the 1960s. A lot of style inspiration was drawn from Morocco, Nepal, India, Bali, and African countries, and in this particular dress on the left, there is a great deal of global influence in the print. This modern Pucci dress, seen on the left, is iconic and reminiscent of the 1960s, especially in regards to the bright, psychedelic print. There is definitely royal Italian influence in the dress on the right, but I also see nods to both Indian and African cultures.  




Welcome back to the 4th installation of my fashion journal! Today we are going to be focusing on the 1930s, which at the conclusion of the Great Depression, proved to be a turbulent time in fashion industry. Man-made fibers were one of the most exciting inventions of the 1930s, and included materials like rayon, nylon stockings, and viscose for linings and lingerie. Fashion trendsetters at this time were The Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII, until his abdication), his infamous companion Wallis Simpson, and movie stars like Joan Crawford. With that being said, let’s get into some of the more specific garments of the 1930s, and how they have created a lasting impact on the modern fashion industry.

Left: Tea Frocks, 1930

First and foremost, take a look at this absolutely gorgeous frilled dress. The feminine flutters of the 1930s drew inspiration from the earlier 1920s flapper, and this art-deco dress. The dress on the right draws inspiration from the dropped hemline, loose calf skirts, and split short sleeves. Additionally, the color pink was a SHOCKING revelation at the time, so the modern dress on the right is a pretty spot-on representation of the time!

On the left: Mohair and cashmere coat, made by J. Lubliner of London for Marshall & Snellgrove

Another trend of the time was a luxuriously fur-lined wool winter coat, and it doesn’t take a lot of online searching to realize that has not gone out of style, either. While many designers today have adapted to look to incorporate faux fur, the overall essence and boxy design of the coat is still present. Elsa Schiaparelli is one of the most notable designers of the 1930s who is credited with “changing the outline of fashion from soft to hard”. This 1930s mohair & cashmere coat pictured on the left is the ultimate representation of Schiaparelli’s envision for a masculine, boxy frame, while still remaining bold and elegant. The coat on the right was actually hand-crafted by the women wearing it, which is absolutely incredible! I’ll link her blog at the bottom, if you want to check out her other designs.

On the right: Gold Embossed Silk Dress by Roland Mouret

As I said, Edward VIII’s abdication of the throne to marry Wallis Simpson was one of (if not the ultimate) groundbreaking event of the decade. Though she was looked upon with notoriety, she did have an influential sense of style throughout her life. Designer Roland Mouret drew direct inspiration from Simpson when he created this gold embossed silky maxi-dress, which he stated was meant to be a tribute to her iconic wardrobe. Simpson is quoted as saying, “My husband gave up everything for me. I’m not a beautiful woman. I’m nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else.” Wallis, you need not worry- your iconic sense of style is just as inspiring now as it was eighty years ago.

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